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US border security deal reached to avert new US shutdown

Democrats and Republicans have reached an agreement in principle over border security to fund the US government and avert another partial shutdown. Lawmakers said the deal had been struck in a closed-door meeting in Washington. No details have released, and it is unclear whether President Donald Trump will back the agreement. He is due to address a political rally in Texas. Talks had previously stalled on the detention of undocumented immigrants and funding for Mr Trump’s border wall. A deal must be reached by Friday when funding will run out…

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Rail chaos: Transport Secretary could have done more to avert crisis, MPs say

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The new timetables involved 43,200 individual changes and affected 46% of passenger services Transport Secretary Chris Grayling should have been more proactive in preventing this year’s train timetable chaos, according to MPs. In a scathing report on May’s timetable changes, the transport select committee said “genuine change” was needed to restore trust in the railways. Although Mr Grayling had not been fully informed, this could not absolve him of all responsibility, the MPs said. It was extraordinary that no-one took charge of the situation,…

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